Our Story

THERE IS A VOID IN THE ARTS.

Most artists generate less than a quarter of their income through their art.
More than two million people in the United States have art degrees,
yet only 8% make a living as artists. There is a void in the arts.
We are working to fill this void.

(Sources: Paying Artists, BFAMFAPhD)

What We Do

We help artists of all kinds build their communities and make a living. We believe that artists and arts participation benefit from an ecosystem that encourages direct exchange between artist and audience. We offer online courses, consultations, and interviews with independent creators about the work behind the work. 

Co-Founders Siena Oristaglio, Karina Vahitova, and Noah Blumenson-Cook have a combined 30 years of experience in art-making, communications, web strategy, digital fundraising, education, and media production for the arts. Over the last few years, we've helped artists raise over $2 million (and counting!) towards their projects. 

How We Do It

Education

We’ve created a series of affordable online courses to empower artists with the knowledge needed for financial sustainability. As we grow, we’re partnering with everyone from fellow artists to lawyers to technology leaders to assemble a complete curriculum for independent artists.

COMMUNITY

We’re a learning community — here’s what that means: our courses are built to create evolving dialogue. The challenges facing artists can’t be solved in a vacuum; we need everyone to share what’s working and what’s not. On our forums, you can meet and talk with other artists, ask questions, and tell your stories.

Research

Artists using online tools to make a living is a new phenomenon. The techniques that work for artists are evolving quickly and our research needs to evolve just as fast. We use our extensive research as the foundation for our courses, workshops, and webinars. We also share what we find for free on our journal!

WHO WE ARE

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Siena Oristaglio

I am an artist and educator with over ten years of experience in communications and online fundraising. I've led international campaigns with coverage in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. I've delivered workshops, lectures and presentations at the The Museum of Fine Arts, MoMA, MoMA PS1, and The Bronx Museum, among others!

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Karina Vahitova

I am a post-Soviet queer poet and movement artist from Kiev, Ukraine. I have previously worked with Opportunity Project, Studio Formichetti, and Bullett Magazine. Before founding The Void Academy, I led and managed a global research and performance art archive project. I have worked with a broad network of international emerging and established collaborators within the arts and sciences.

An Interview with Void Academy Co-Founder Noah Blumenson-Cook

Noah Blumenson-Cook

 I am an artist, technologist, and media producer. My video work has been featured by V Magazine, Spin, MTV, and the Logo network. I have over 15 years of experience in the technology sector, working mainly with universities and arts organizations. As technology consultant for MIT's Center for Civic Media, I focused on project implementation and funding strategies for new ideas in civic journalism.

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